The Schenks moved to Buffalo in 2006 to start the Buffalo Vineyard Church. Steve is from Northern California, and Tamy is from the Southern Tier of New York. Steve worked in several trade jobs while training to be a pastor, and while planting the church, Tamy works as a nurse. They love the Westside, and live just a few blocks from the church building.
Natives of Richmond, Virginia, the Harleys moved to Buffalo in 2016, following a stint in the Hudson Valley. Drawn to return to the city that Mark’s family called home for more than a century (1870’s – 1970’s), Mark and Amanda quickly became immersed in the Buffalo Vineyard community. Mark currently serves as the church’s administrator and Amanda is a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Harleys live on the West Side where they are slowly renovating a century-old cottage and vacant lot. That same spirit of renovation drives their work for ministry, community, and collaboration in our neighborhood and across Western New York.
Matt and Jessica met while attending the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Matt went on to become a licensed Free Methodist pastor in Syracuse for six years. The Kauffmans moved to Buffalo to become a part of the Buffalo Vineyard Church leadership in 2010. With the help of Jessica and their two children, Matt founded 5 Loaves Farm in 2012. He manages an acre of sustainable market gardens adjacent to their home on Buffalo's Upper West Side as an outreach ministry of the BVC.
Ben and Cheryl Wagner have lived in Christian community for the first 10 years of their marriage and have been living and ministering on the West Side since the mid-1970’s. Cheryl worked in Christian bookstores and is the prayer coordinator for the church. Ben is a retired science librarian currently serving on the BVC Board whose great joy is providing the Sunday children’s message. Seeing the brokenness in their neighborhood has nurtured their dependence on the Holy Spirit and prayer to bring true transformation. Prayer works because God listens.
Patrick is from Annapolis, MD and moved to Buffalo, NY while in the Navy. After separating, he began exploring ministry and feels a call to help the broken. Patrick enjoys both the outdoors and indoors - he loves to travel, write, connect with people, and read. Every once in a while you can find him late at night at the cinema by himself. His desire is that people would hear the message of the gospel and find their home in Christ.
Zach Lopez has grown up in The Vineyard for the past 12 years, ever since he relocated from California to Lewiston, ME. He eventually made his way to Syracuse, where he met his wife Abigail and had an internship that helped him get to where he is today. Zach and Abby both moved to Buffalo when Zach was accepted in B.U.M.P and Abby got a job at Omniseq. Zach has a passion for worship and music and longs to see the unity thats already taken place in Buffalo go even further. Both He and Abby look forward to staying in ministry in Buffalo for the foreseeable future.
A proud mother of two, Donna is a Buffalo native who worked as a medical biller at Kenmore Hospital for 30 years. After coming to Christ through the ministry of the BVC five years ago, she became BVC’s outreach coordinator in 2015. Donna’s passion is to bring Christ to the impoverished and underprivileged, especially in Buffalo’s west side, praying that everyone will say “yes” to Jesus. Donna believes that everyone should know of God’s love for them, their value in His eyes, and his life transforming power. Donna is also involved with ministries such as summer BBQs and Soup Fridays, which seek to feed the body as well as the soul.